Harmonious Horizons – Changing Our Perceptions of Stress

Posted October 9, 2020 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

Modern life abounds in stressors, from time pressures to the demands of families, work and relationships. This year we add the unprecedented unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. The secret to stress management lies not in trying to eliminate or avoid challenges, but in dealing with stress in a positive, proactive manner. In this workshop, you’ll join Licensed Mental Health Counselor Alison Issen to explore the attitudes and habits that affect how we perceive problems and learn specific techniques involving contemplative methods, exercise, cognitive restructuring and priority evaluation.

By participating in this program, you can expect to learn:

  • The basic physiological responses of the human body to various environmental and emotional stresses.
  • The ability to regulate the autonomic response to stressors with increased awareness, modeling and practice of regulatory approaches to controlling stress responses.
  • Practical skills for developing methods to address the unique styles of reacting to stress, in order to moderate the potentially harmful effects of stressful situations.

About Your Program Presenter
Alison Issen has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Nurse. She recently retired from full-time work at the Orlando Health – UF Health Cancer Center where she worked as the outpatient counselor. For several years, Alison coordinated the Sage-ing Center, a program that encouraged and supported adults, particularly seniors, to inventory, evaluate and intentionally plan a life of purpose, learning, fulfillment and service. Alison has taught psychology at the college level and has worked in the field of health and wellness for 35 years, including 14+ years of hospice work.